The windmill

Music: Sheena Phillips. Words: William Soutar (1898-1943)
treble (SA) chorus & piano
performance time approx 1m 45s
Range S: e'♭ – e''♭ / A: e'♭ – d''♭
Price code: C
Complexity: **

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This piece is the last in the set Three Soutar songs
The first piece is The muckle man
If you don't want to buy the whole set, then you can buy The windmill individually using the link on this page.
The soprano part tells the story, with a bluesy melody, while the altos portray the creaking windmill, accompanied by a hopping piano part (which is fairly demanding).

Glossary and pronunciation guide included.


An auld man stands abune the hill:
Crick-crack, crick-crack
He's unco comfie gin he's still:
Crick-crack, crick-crack creeshie
But whan his airms flee round and round:
Crick-crack, crick-crack
He deaves the clachan wi' his sound:
Crick-crack, crick-crack creeshie
His spauls jirg on like murlin stanes:
Crick-crack, crick-crack
The weet has roustit a' his banes:
Crick-crack, crick-crack creeshie
The weet has roustit a' his banes;
Crick-crack, crick-crack creeshie

William Soutar

Reproduced with permission from the Trustees of the National Library of Scotland, who hold William Soutar's copyright.

English transliteration

An old man stands at the top of the hill
He's very comfy when he's still
But when his arms fly round and round
He deafens the village with his sound
His joints creak on like crumbling stones
The wet has rusted all his bones.

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